Martin Nguyen defends featherweight title against Koyomi Matsushima
Martin Nguyen defends featherweight title against Koyomi Matsushima

Martin Nguyen faces Koyomi Matsushima in defense of his featherweight title

Vietnamese-Australian Martin Nguyen defends his featherweight title against Japanese Koyomi Matsushima this coming Friday, August 2. The pair headlines the “ONE Dawn of Heroes” event taking place at the Mall of Asia Arena in Manila, Philippines.

In his previous outing in April Nguyen retained the belt by knockout in the second round against Narantungalag Jadambaa. At the press conference held on Tuesday, the champion said he was happy to be back to Manila and compete at the highest level, going up against “a warrior who puts it all on the line”.

“I hope you guys are as excited as I am, being able to come back here and compete in front of the Manila fans and Filipinos. First and foremost, I’m just happy to compete at the highest level,” Martin Nguyen said.

The champion also thanked his team and the promotion, as well as congratulated his opponent in getting an opportunity to challenge for the strap.

“I want to say congratulations to Koyomi Matsushima in earning his title shot by winning his last bout decisively. It’s an honor and I’m excited to go up against a warrior who puts it all on the line as much as I do.”

“I’ve been working so hard and I’m sure he’s been working so hard as well. But this is my division… and still.”

Matsushima made his ONE Championship debut last September winning the fight against Marat Gafurov by knockout in the first round. He is coming of a unanimous decision win scored in May against Kwon Won Il.

“I’m really honored to be competing against the greatest champion, Martin Nguyen. Our fight will be a very exciting fight, so please come to the event and watch,” said the challenger Koyomi Matsushima.

In the co-main event at ONE Dawn of Heroes Jonathan Haggerty defends his Flyweight Muay Thai title against Rodtang Jitmuangnon. The complete fight card can be found here.